Seasonal Archaeology: Ancoats at Night

Ancoats on a dark, wet, late winter Manchester evening. The pavements glisten with the recent rain. Passers-by hurry head down to the latest fashionable bars and restaurants in the district, disappearing downstairs to vaulted, bare-bricked, dining areas. The line of the Rochdale Canal shimmers in the black night, the waters reflecting some of the lights…

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A Shot in the Dark

Sometimes the smallest objects can lead you down some unexpected research paths, where the provenance (archaeology-speak for location and context) is as important, if not more so, than the object itself. This is often very true of ancient hoards rich in precious metals. It’s the information they contain and their location that are the most…